Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center

Location
Chicago

Status
Built 2010

Client
Columbia College Chicago

Type
Cultural, Educational, Office

Size
35,000 sf

Sustainability
Certified LEED Gold

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By making typically behind-the-scenes aspects of the filmmaking process visible, the Columbia College Media Production Center is more than a building in which learning takes place: it is itself a valuable teaching and media production tool.

Featuring three large sound stages for instruction in film, video, and motion capture, as well as teaching space for lighting, set-making, directing, and animation classes, the Media Production Center is a professional-quality facility whose design encourages a new level of interdisciplinary collaboration among students and faculty.

The first new construction building in Columbia’s 118-year history, it is also a new model for sustainability in a discipline known for its high energy consumption.

The main soundstage is sized to allow multiple classes to participate during filmmaking.

The Media Production Center facade is designed to generate new visibility for the school by harnessing the materiality of light to energize the exterior of the building and provide a colorful identity in a busy urban setting.

Video by Spirit of Space

Consultant Team

dbHMS, MEP

Magnusson Klemencic Associates, structural engineering

SPACECO, Inc., civil engineering

SITE Design Group, Ltd., landscape architect

Threshold Acoustics, acoustical 

US Equities, project manager

Awards

Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building Award, Design Excellence Awards, AIA Chicago, 2010

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